Alistair grew up in East Sussex and completed his MSci degree in Microbiology at the University of East Anglia. He is interested in bacterial pathogenicity and antibiotic resistance. His PhD focused on MarR, the repressor of the multiple antibiotic resistance operon and the downstream activator MarA. Alistair was funded by the Wellcome Trust as part of the Wellcome Trust Doctoral Training Centre in Antimicrobials and Antimicrobial Resistance. He is now senior scientist, molecular biologist, at GSK in Worthing.